Move aside for flashing lights: Tragedies and close calls prompt increased enforcement of 'Move Over' law Wednesday

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (KKTV) - In the span of 18 months, three state troopers were hit and killed while doing their jobs.

Numerous others have experienced razor-close calls.

"It's hard to say what could have happened. I might not be here right now. I might just be in the hospital with lots of injuries. You just never know what could have happened," Colton Miller, a deputy with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, said of a near-miss with a semi-truck while working an unrelated crash last month.

Law enforcement statewide are trying to increase awareness of Colorado's "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to move over lane if they're approaching an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road. The law is in place to give officers and the people they're helping a buffer between themselves and passing motorists -- and prevent future tragedies.

Wednesday, 30 agencies will be increasing their presence on the roads to enforce the law. If you don't move over when you see a police car, ambulance or other emergency vehicle -- you will get a ticket. Drivers can expect a minimum fine of $170 and four points off their license.

But most importantly, if you don't move over -- you're putting other lives at risk.